Glutathione is being called the “master anti-oxidant.” It is found in every cell and is involved in many processes in the body, including tissue building and repair, making chemicals and proteins needed in the body, and for the immune system. Glutathione is different than other anti-oxidants in that it is “intracellular,” meaning in the cells themselves and has the ability to maximize the activity of other anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E and CoQ10. It removes toxins from the cell and prevents damage. As we age, our body’s ability to produce glutathione decreases.
Glutathione deficiency has been linked to conditions such as: Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, autoimmune diseases, cancer, coronary heart disease, asthma, arthritis, inflammation and fatigue. One way to enhance glutathione levels in the body is through exercise. Exercise produces an a molecule called ATP that is necessary for cellular energy.
There is a lot of hype around glutathione supplementation; however, the body is generally poor about getting glutathione from the digestive system into the blood stream and this supplementation may interfere with the body’s own ability to produce glutathione. Glutathione production can be naturally enhanced through the following:
- Vitamin D
- Whey protein. This must be cold-pressed (heat destroys protein), derived from grass fed cows, and FREE OF hormones, pesticides and sugar!
- Fresh, uncooked fruits & vegetables. Cooking them makes it negligible. Higher glutathione levels are found in the following: spinach, okra, potatoes, asparagus, avocado, squash, cauliflower, broccoli, walnuts, garlic and tomatoes.
- Raw eggs and milk. It is almost absent in pasteurized products.
- Milk thistle. Helps prevent glutathione depletion in the liver.
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